What Then After Knowing Differences: Conflicts between East/West in Global Distance Educational Development
Jack Fei Yang, Hsing Kuo University, Taiwan ; Larry K. Bright, The University of South Dakota, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Asian educational methods have been teacher-directed for centuries; it will be a challenge for Asian society to make a transition toward learner-centered theory. In this paper educational perspectives of the East and West are compared and contrasted. The direction of Asian development, acceptance, or adaptation of information technology educational innovations will determine the future rate of global educational development. While many complex issues dividing East and West defy simple answers for resolving conflicting educational change methods, there are issues that are critical to consider. Factors such accessibility, cost-effectiveness, primary teaching and learning style differences, and measures of quality all need careful attention. Information technology holds much promise for educational leaders with serious interest in improving educational access in Asia. But, the challenges of East/West differences in teaching traditions are difficult to bridge.
Yang, J.F. & Bright, L.K. (2004). What Then After Knowing Differences: Conflicts between East/West in Global Distance Educational Development. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 5322-5327). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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